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Free Family Day at the Figge PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Stephen Mohr   
Monday, 31 January 2011 16:43

“Full Steam Ahead!” is the theme of a free family day workshop happening this Saturday, February 5th, at the Figge Art Museum from Noon until 3:00 P. M. Bring your children or grandchildren to this fun family event to celebrate the special exhibition, “Tracks: The Railroad in Photographs from the George Eastman House Collection”.  Storytellers will charm participants with railroad stories and musicians will entertain with popular songs inspired by the life and work on the railway. Learn more about rail travel with the “Explore and Learn More” gallery searches and visit the studios to create art projects inspired by locomotives and the railway. The museum will also present three showings of the silent film classic “The Great Train Robbery” in the John Deere Auditorium and at 2:30 P.M. Heritage Documentaries Inc. will present the film “Rock Island Trail” with a brief introduction and slideshow on the film’s 1950 premiere in the Quad Cities.

The Figge Arts Café will be open and will provide a family-friendly menu from 11:30 to 2:30 P.M. For more information and museum hours, contact the Figge at 563.326.7804 or visit www.figgeart.org

“Full Steam Ahead!” at the Figge is sponsored by John Deere.

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Iowa's largest cultural museum building move captured in real-time PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Shelby Kraus   
Thursday, 27 January 2011 09:37
National Czech and Slovak Museum and Library Post Webcams to Give View of Historic Move
People all over the world can watch real-time progress on website


CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (Jan. 26, 2011) – Anyone around the world will be able to watch the progress of the rebuild and move of The National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library (NCSML) in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. With two webcams installed near its construction site, viewers can see a snapshot of the progress of the rebuild in real-time. The video programs will be used to illustrate the history of the museum, the relocation, and flood mitigation efforts. In addition to viewing the live action, cameras are also recording the relocation of the building for production of a time-lapse video of the move at a later time.

“Technology is amazing,” said Gail Naughton, President/CEO of the National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library. “We have so many friends around the globe who have supported our mission that we wanted to be able to include them in our progress and feel a part of what we are trying to accomplish.”

After successfully raising $25 million, the museum and library broke ground and began construction Dec. 15, 2010.  The decision to move and expand the current facility was made last year. According to Jeremy Patterson of Patterson Structural Movers, the 1400-ton structure is thought to be the largest museum ever to be moved in the U.S. It will be moved and elevated three feet above the 2008 flood level. A 30,000 sq. ft. expansion will provide room for additional exhibition galleries, collection storage, a theatre, enlarged programming space, and a Museum Store.

A crew from Patterson Structural Movers of Washington, Iowa, has already begun welding 100 ft. beams to be used in the relocation. Once beams and jacks are in place, the building will move a quarter mile per hour to its new location across the street. The entire move will take 45 to 60 days beginning in May.

On the museum’s website, www.NCSML.org, visitors will find a link to the live webcams at the upper right hand corner of the screen. There viewers can check the progress of the museum at their leisure.

Two Arecont Vision cameras have been installed. There is one that provides a south view and is located on the museum’s clock tower on Sixteenth Ave. S.W. A second camera is located on a west side utility pole. Both cameras are recording one frame per second.

“The two high-definition cameras were necessary to get a close up view of the museum being moved off its current foundation. Once the building is turned, the west camera will allow for viewing the elevation and positioning on top of the parking garage,” said Naughton.

Sound Concepts of Cedar Rapids installed the stationary fixed cameras that communicate to a wireless transmitter. The NCML’s Kosek building at 87 Sixteenth Ave. SW, houses the wireless receiver and the NAS (network attached storage) recorder.

The National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library, located in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, is the leading United States institution preserving and interpreting Czech and Slovak history and culture.

 
Figge & university of Iowa Celebrate New exhibitions PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Stephen Mohr   
Thursday, 27 January 2011 08:56

On Sunday January 30th, the Figge Art Museum and the University of Iowa will be hosting a public reception celebrating three new exhibitions at the museum – “Tracks: The Railroad in Photographs from the George Eastman House Collection”; “Crossing the Mississippi: The Quad Cities, the Railroad and Art “; and “Those Who Can: The University of Iowa School of Art & Art History Studio Faculty Exhibition.” The event begins at 2:00 P.M. with a lecture by University of Iowa professor of Art History Joni Kinsey, PhD. Dr. Kinsey’s lecture will survey an array of images relating to American artists’ involvement with railroads and the impact of their art on tourism and travel. From the earliest “Artists Excursions” sponsored by railroads for the creation of corporate railroad art collections, artists have been an integral part of our relationship with trains, travel and tourism.  Following the lecture, at 3:00 P.M., the Figge and the University of Iowa will celebrate its continued partnership with light hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar in the lobby and café.  Representatives from the University of Iowa will offer remarks on the “Those Who Can” exhibition at 3:30 P.M. in the lobby.

The lecture and reception are free to members, University of Iowa faculty, staff and students, or with general museum admission.  For more information and museum hours, contact the Figge at 563.326.7804 or visit figgeart.org.

“Tracks” and its educational programming are funded in part by the Riverboat Development Authority, Humanities Iowa and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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DubuqueFest Fine Arts Fair Call For Artists PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Paula Neuhaus   
Tuesday, 25 January 2011 09:11

[DUBUQUE, IA ] DubuqueFest Fine Arts Festival is now accepting applications for the 33rd annual juried fine art fair scheduled for May 21 & 22 in Dubuque, Iowa. All interested artists and fine craft artisans are encouraged to apply. The juried fine art fair features the work of 80 artists & artisans from across the region. $1000 cash prizes are awarded to Best in Show, Second Place, & Third Place during an artist’s appreciation reception on Saturday, May 21 at the Dubuque Museum of Art. Dubuque, Iowa is quickly building a reputation as an arts & culture destination in the midwest. Through successful arts programming and dedicated city partnerships the DubuqueFest Fine Arts Festival grows along with it drawing lovers of fine art and history to the oldest festival in Iowa’s first city.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

  • Application deadline is April 1, 2011

  • Application fee: $110

  • Jury fee: $15

  • Two Emerging Artist Scholarships are available.

Applications are available on the DubuqueFest website: www.dubuquefest.org. To request one by mail contact Paula at 563.564.5290 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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DubuqueFest Fine Art Fair Announces New Art Fair Director PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Paula Neuhaus   
Tuesday, 25 January 2011 09:07


[DUBUQUE, IA ] DubuqueFest Fine Arts Festival, scheduled for May 20-22 in downtown Dubuque announces the appointment of Paula Neuhaus as their new art fair director. Neuhaus has spent the last five years working in non-profit arts administration including program development and promotion. Neuhaus is the Director of Maquoketa Art Experience in Maquoketa, Iowa and developmental coordinator for the Eastern Iowa Cultural Alliance. She also manages two independent projects; Wordcure Spoken Word Series and Art Gumbo Micro-funding Program that provides funding to Dubuque artists and arts groups. Neuhaus served five years on the Board of Directors for Dubuque County Fine Arts Society and volunteers with the Dubuque Winter Farmers Market. She holds degrees from both Loras College and University of Iowa.

“Goals of the DubuqueFest 2011 committee,” Neuhaus says, “Include enhancing the reputation of this art fair as one that offers the best in fine art and fine craft in the region and to attract serious buyers who believe in directly supporting artists & artisans who are creating original work.” Neuhaus joins current DubuqueFest Festival Director, Aaron Hefel in co-management of the all arts festival including children’s art activities, a two-day art fair, and three days of live music on two stages.

“Paula has served on the DubuqueFest committee since 2007,” Hefel said, “She brings a lot of new ideas to the table with her experience in arts and culture development.”

DubuqueFest Fine Arts Festival celebrates its 33rd year in 2011. Visit the DubuqueFest website for a full schedule of events: www.dubuquefest.org.

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